Add Mexican Quinoa Salad to your next meal plan. This recipe is protein packed combining two cups of quinoa with black beans, bell peppers, jalapeños, green onions, fresh corn, and Cotija cheese. Top it with Avocado Crema or just a drizzle of olive oil!
4cupslower sodium chicken broth- only 3 cups needed if using instant pot
2earscorn on the cob
15oz.black beans- rinsed and drained
1bunchgreen onions- chopped
1/2mediumred pepper- chopped
1/2mediumyellow pepper- chopped
1largejalapeno- diced (with seeds removed)
5oz.cotija cheese- crumbled
olive oil- to taste
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper- to taste
For the avocado crema:
1/2cupsour cream light- or plain Greek yogurt
2Tablespoonschopped cilantro- chopped and packed
1mediumlime- freshly squeezed
1teaspoongarlic salt- or to taste
For the quinoa salad:
Stovetop quinoa directions: Rinse quinoa in cold water. In medium pan bring chicken broth to a boil, and add quinoa. Reduce heat to a rolling simmer and cool until liquid cooks out. When done, fluff with a fork, and pour into a large bowl to let cool.Instant Pot quinoa directions: Rinse quinoa in cold water. Combine quinoa and chicken broth (but use just 3 cups) in IP. Select pressure cook for one minute. Let it do a natural release for 10 minutes, and then release vent. Remove lid, fluff with a fork, and pour into a large bowl to cool.
In a medium sauce pan, bring water to a boil. Add corn and plenty of salt, and reduce heat to rolling simmer. After 5 minutes, the corn should be done. Remove to cool, and then slice the corn off the cobs.
Combine all quinoa salad ingredients in a large bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle some olive oil over top of each serving, according to taste.
For the Avocado Crema:
In a food processor, combine avocado, sour cream light (or yogurt), cilantro, lime juice, and garlic salt. Pulse until you reach your desired consistency.
To serve, add a dollop of avocado crema to each single serving. OR, just add a drizzle of olive oil, and additional salt and pepper.
This recipe makes a pretty large quantity. Two cups of quinoa grows to about 7-8 cups when cooked. We usually gobble this up in a few days, but we love our quinoa. I actually eat it for breakfast when it's available. Tip...warm it up and top it with an egg!
If you like spicy (like I do!), leave some of the seeds in the jalapeño. OR, just chop up some and keep separately for those who want to add it to a serving.
Cotija cheese is a Mexican crumbled cheese that really gives this salad flavor. Try to find the chunk that you crumble yourself. It's the best!
Mexican Quinoa Salad stays fresh in the refrigerator for up to four days.